Epic Reads tour – book haul!

A few weeks ago, I attended the Epic Reads Winter Tour when it stopped at my local indie, Anderson’s Bookshop. The event itself was awesome (see my full write-up of it HERE), but what made it even more awesome was that I bought a couple books–and got all of them signed–and also got a cool free totebag to take home! I finally got around to photographing all those books, so here they are!

The Crown’s Game

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Epic Reads Winter 2020 Tour! – recap and highlights

Earlier this week, the Epic Reads tour for Winter 2020 stopped at my local indie bookstore (shoutout to Anderson’s Bookshop!). Having attended a stop on their tour last spring–and loving it–I naturally had to check this one out as well.

What ensued was a lively and highly informative discussion between three YA authors: Evelyn Skye, Elana K. Arnold, and Mindy McGinnis. All three were insightful and authentic, each one brought a unique personality to the conversation, and all three ended up convincing me to purchase one of their books in the end. (My wallet is crying, but my heart is happy. Expect a book haul post sometime soon!)

I took some hasty and frantic notes throughout the entire thing; I’ve attempted to cobble them together here into a comprehensive description of the event. Here’s what went down:

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Serpent & Dove – ARC review

Author: Shelby Mahurin
Publication Date: September 3, 2019 (yes, I’m aware that that was two months ago, but I received this ARC less than a week before the book came out, as part of a thank-you from Epic Reads, and it’s been hard to fit into my schedule…)
Genre: YA fantasy, romance
My rating: 3.5/5 stars

I really, really wanted to love this book. It sounded like my kind of story–witches! enemies-to-lovers! morally gray characters!–but the reality was disappointing in its execution.

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Crier’s War – ARC review

Author: Nina Varela
Publication Date: October 1, 2019
Genre: YA fantasy, sci-fi, LGBTQ+
My rating: 5/5 stars

What. A. Gorgeous. Cover. (And entirely fitting for this story, too!)

A while ago, the folks at Epic Reads sent me a little package of goodies as a thank-you for promoting an event of theirs (check out that haul here). One of the books included in that was a copy of Crier’s War. I didn’t know a ton going into it, except that it was a queer YA fantasy–which, honestly, is enough to catch my attention in and of itself. I can definitely say, though, that I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did.

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Mini book haul! (Thanks, Epic Reads!)

Back in June, Epic Reads (HarperTeen) hosted a Pride meetup in Chicago. I shared the event, promoted it to a few people, and ended up going to it with a good friend of mine. Now, a solid 2-3 months later, I just got a package of some bookish swag in the mail as a thank-you! I’m so incredibly grateful to the wonderful folks at HarperCollins, both for the gift and for putting on what was truly an awesome event.

Here’s a quick (somewhat poorly lit) picture of the goodies:

The pack included:

  • 3 ARCs (A Dress for the Wicked, Serpent & Dove, and Crier’s War)
  • A nice little pin banner that says EPIC READS in block letters
  • An enamel pin that looks like an open book, with a teal banner underneath that says “YA all day”

I am so incredibly excited about all of these! I’m especially looking forward to that ARC of Serpent & Dove–it is one of my most anticipated releases for this fall. What do you guys think? Read any of these yet?

One more huge thank you to HarperTeen for this! It made my day!